Peanut butter and jelly is not just for kids . . . with a little creative flair, you can spice up this sandwich staple to make it even more pleasing to grownup palates. The March issue of Men’s Health magazine shared three variations on this theme to come up with three unique flavor combinations to hopefully whet your appetite for a PB&J. Of the three, the one containing the bacon (courtesy of chef John Currence) is the obvious winner in my book — crunchy peanut butter, banana, bacon, molasses, and marshmallow cream (melt butter in a skillet and brown the sandwich on both sides). Yum.
“The key is toasting the sandwich. You’ll add another element of texture and enhance the flavors of the stuff inside.” (John Currence)
A second one (courtesy of chef Spencer Rubin) features apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, peanut butter, mild cheddar, honey-raosted peanuts, and a bit of honey (also browned on both sides).
“A great PB&J isn’t just for lunch. It deserves to be enjoyed for breakfast or dinner too.” (Spencer Rubin)
The third combination (courtesy of chef Marcus Samuelson) features peanut butter, cloves, nutmeg, orange zest, Thai chile pepper, and apricot jam (toast the bread ahead of assembly).
“What makes PB&J so addicting is the sweet and salty combination. The trick is to really go beyond the norm: use spices, sea salt, bacon [yeah, that’s what I’m talking about], or candied ginger. There’s a way to do it that is simple but adds so much flavor.” (Marcus Samuelson)